Sustainable development has no future in the mining industry until community relations and development professionals are considered functional equals, social science researchers have warned in a recently published paper.
Relationships with local communities can make, break or delay exploration and mining projects large and small. Land access and community buy-in are essential to long-term success of any mineral extraction project.
But despite the make-or-break power that rests the shoulders of the community relations function, it is not widely seen as core business. Not yet anyway. (more…)